As spring arrives, so does one of the most important religious holidays in Javea: Holy Week (Santa Semana) and Easter. If you happen to be in the area during this time, you’ll have the opportunity to witness a beautiful and historic celebration of faith and tradition.
From Holy Monday to Holy Thursday, the San Bartolomé Parish hosts an exhibition of religious heritage. This is a great chance to learn about the (religious) history of Jávea and to see some beautiful artefacts up close.
On Good Friday morning, a procession takes place, starting from the Church of San Bartolomé and ending at the Calvary Chapel. This is a solemn and moving event that commemorates the suffering of Jesus on the day of his crucifixion.
In the evening of Good Friday, the most important procession of Jávea takes place: the Procession of the Holy Burial. This procession is over 400 years old and is a true spectacle to witness. The route of the procession takes it through various streets of the town, including Church Square, Celestino Pons Square, Roques Street, Avall Street, Virgen del Pilar, Sant Josep, Sant Pere Mártir, Tossal de Baix, Sant Agustí, Tossal de Dalt, Celestino Pons Square, and back to Church Square. It’s a beautiful display of faith and devotion, and it’s not to be missed.
Throughout the weekend, there is also a Craft Fair taking place in Plaza de Baix, Calle Mayor, and Placeta del Convent. Here, you can browse and purchase unique handmade items from local artisans.
Finally, on Resurrection Sunday, a Popular Fair is held in Church Square. This is a great opportunity to try some traditional Spanish treats, such as cocas (sweet pastries), buñuelos (donuts), and cervezas (beers), while enjoying the festive atmosphere of the fair.
Overall, Holy Week and Easter in Jávea offer a beautiful and meaningful way to experience Spanish culture and tradition. If you happen to be in the area during this time, be sure to take part in these wonderful events and celebrate the joy of spring and new beginnings.
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